27th September 2007
New equality commission begins work on Monday
12:40 PM — The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), Britain's first new full spectrum equalities and human rights organisation, will open its doors next week.The existing commissions - Disability Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities Commission - will handover their responsibilities to the CEHR, which is chaired by Trevor Phillips.Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill is a Commissioner of the new body.
Boris wins nomination in a landslide 3
11:25 AM — Boris Johnson has won the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London with 79% of the vote, it has been announced.The Henley MP, seen as the front runner since he announced his candidacy in July, will now face incumbent Ken Livingstone in the May 2008 election.The three other Tory hopefuls did not manage to get more than 10% of the vote each. IT consultant and publisher Andrew Boff, who is openly gay, polled 8.4%.
26th September 2007
Harman: Equality is at the heart of Labour
5:45 PM — The Prime Minister made a ten-minute appearance at an event organised by Stonewall last night.It was the first time that Gordon Brown had mixed and mingled with so many LGBT activists from his own party, and he seemed relaxed during his time at the function.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.
Ministers answer gay questions at Stonewall event 2
4:50 PM — The recently-appointed minister for equality and two leading gay Labour politicians faced questions from their own party activists at a conference fringe event last night.The panel discussion, entitled Equality for the next decade, was organised by the LGBT Labour group and gay equality organisation Stonewall.Chaired by out gay MEP Michael Cashman, equality minister Barbara Follett, Labour LGBT co-chair Alon Or-bach and Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill were joined by Angela Eagle.
Elton photo removed over child porn allegations 5
12:40 PM — Police have seized a photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John as they believe it breaches child pornography laws.The image taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police yesterday.The photograph Klara and Edda Belly Dancing features two semi naked young girls playing.
US Anglicans to stop ordaining gay bishops 29
11:50 AM — In a bid to stop the Anglican Church from splitting, the American Episcopal Church has agreed not to ordain any more openly gay bishops and will not introduce a formal blessing ceremony for same sex civil partnerships.The compromise between the liberal and conservative branches of the Episcopal Church, as the Anglican Church is known in the US, was agreed late last night as a vote was taken at crisis talks in New Orleans.The church has agreed to "exercise restraint" when selecting bishops.
25th September 2007
Exclusive: Gordon Brown attends gay equality event 4
10:01 PM — The Prime Minister has attended an gay-sponsored event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal.Gordon Brown partied at the Absolutely Equal fringe party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall and Barclays at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth minutes ago.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.
Exclusive: Gordon Brown parties at gay disco 3
9:10 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is about to address an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) event for the first time, PinkNews.co.uk has been told.He is due to speak at the Absolutely Disco fridge party being hosted by the gay rights charity Stonewall at the Labour party conference in Bournemouth.At the event he will talk about his commitment to gay rights.
Anglican church debates final position on homosexuality 4
1:00 PM — As the decision deadline creeps up the Anglican community waits to hear whether the church will split over their official position on homosexuality.A 30 September deadline has been set by the Anglican church for the American Episcopal Church to agree to a full ban on any appointing new gay bishops or approving same sex civil partnerships within the clergy.
Elton asks PM for help reaching 2010 target
1:00 PM — Elton John has publicly called for Prime Minister Gordon Brown's help to meet the G8's target for universal access to treatment for HIV/AIDS by 2010.The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, whose target was tripled at the last G8 in June, was set up in 2002 to finance operations to help combat the diseases around the world.
Transsexuals are happy with gender reassignment surgery in Britain
1:00 PM — Most post operative transsexuals are happy with their surgery, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Urology (BJU).The survey, which studied the experiences of 222 gender reassignment patients revealed that 88 per cent of them said that they were happy with the results at their first post-op appointments.The report surveyed 70 participants with an average age of 43, that had been gender reassignment patients at the hospital between 1994 and 2004.
24th September 2007
European Commission approves HIV drug
11:00 PM — Only days after news of the failure of a major Merck HIV vaccine research trial, rival pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has announced the European Commission (EC) approval of the company's AIDS drug, Celsentri, known generically as maraviroc. The drug is the first in a new class of oral HIV medicines in more than a decade.Maraviroc, discovered and developed by Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent, blocks viral entry of the HIV virus into white blood cells.
NI politician praises police cruising sting operation
5:30 PM — A controversial operation against men looking for sex in public toilets in the Northern Ireland town of Coleraine has been praised by a local SDLP representative.Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets in the town after complaints from local residents.A 46-year-old man from Londonderry and a 44-year-old from Coleraine were fined £250 by North Antrim Magistrates Court after being convicted of "intentionally engaging in sexual activity."
Gordon Brown conference address – no election date
3:31 PM — Gordon Brown has addressed the Labour party conference for the first time as Prime Minister.While not giving any indication about the date of the next general election, his speech clearly puts the government and the party on an election footing.The Prime Minister made strong statements on support for Britain's membership of the EU and taking the lead on climate change.
COMMENT: Bullying guidance useless if not enforced 8
2:47 PM — We at Schools OUT should be jumping up and down with joy.In our 33 years of existence we have asked no more than that schools be made proper and safe places for the LGBT people that attend them, that they speak the truth of LGBT people's lives and achievements and thereby counter the prejudice and stereotyping that is rife in our society.At the end of last week the Department for Children, Schools and Families published such guidance that, if followed, would accomplish all the above for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at least.
PinkNews.co.uk to launch LGBT jobs site
2:05 PM — Europe's largest dedicated LGBT news service is to launch a dedicated jobs website at jobs.pinknews.co.uk.The site, currently in live beta testing will feature jobs from avariety of sectors including the media, central government, financeand law.A number of employers have signed up to the beta version includingGoogle, Russell Jones and Walker, Wisteria, Stonewall and the Olympics Development Agency.
New exhibition focuses on 20 years of HIV
12:54 PM — A solo exhibition coming to London next month will explore the changing perception of HIV in the capital over the last 20 years.Rebound will be shown at Wellcome Collection, a new cultural venue on London's Euston Road, between 11 and 28 October.It will display the sketches and diary notes of artist Paul Ryan. The materials provide a compelling insight into the HIV epidemic in London from 1987, when the first clear information about the disease emerged, to 2007, by which time successful treatments have been established.
23rd September 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14
9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.
Travel: A passage to India
4:00 PM — If lying on a beach is not your thing and you yearn for a bit of adventure set against an exotic backdrop, have you thought about the possibilities the vast sub-content of India has to offer?The country offers a wealth of ancient temples and monuments for lovers of culture and heritage and many travel companies now offer fantastic sight-seeing trips.
Travel: The awesome Panama Canal
4:00 PM — Few journeys through the engineering history books are as impressive or beautiful as a trip down the "eighth wonder of the engineering world - the Panama Canal.Linking the mighty Atlantic and Pacific oceans took over three centuries of work by two nations. The Panama Canal is beauty and function on a scale beyond compare, with nature, machine and man working in total harmony.